Harvey’s flooding turns deadly

Harvey has hit Houston hard, and what started out as a wind concern for the Texas coast has turned into a deadly flooding event here in Houston.

City officials tell us there have been 300 water rescues due to the heavy rains we have gotten from Harvey. Harvey is also responsible for five reported deaths.

“A driver went into high water, attempted to get out of her car and get to safety. That driver drowned. The incident is still being investigated,” Bill Begley with the Houston Airport System told KTRH.

In another incident, a mother and child apparently drowned in flood waters on I-10. That is according to a Tweet from Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, who tells KTRH they are inundated with calls as of this morning.

“The line might be busy. Keep trying. We have done over 500 water rescues so far.”

Officials are telling you that if you have high water, do not go into your attic. If you have rising water, go to your roof.

In Harris County, Jeff Lindner with the Flood Control District told KTRH News the water is almost more than anyone can handle.

“The water is almost seven feet above flood stage. We know we have water approaching rooftops in certain areas. This is as serious as it gets,” Lindner explained.

And in Fort Bend County, there is another issue; twisters.

“We had a couple of tornadoes touch down in the county. One person was transported to the hospital. A couple of businesses were hit.

Elsewhere, METRO service has been suspended for the day. Hobby Airport is closed due to high water on the runways.

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